1 John 3 vs. 1 (NKJV)
Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore, the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.
Love is a mystery. The ways and workings of love are many times better left unexplained because the more you try to explain it, the more complex it become. The writer of the bible passage under discussion is ‘John, the beloved’. He is often referred to as ‘the apostle of love’. He had seen love and he knows a lot about love but at this point, he was awestruck by this kind of love that he exclaimed “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us”.
Let me remind you that John at that point in time was no longer a young disciple. In fact, he was an elderly man. He was not been emotional about his expression; this was indeed not infatuation, temporal ecstasy or fantasy. It was a deep kind of love i.e. “Agape love”.
Remember John 3 vs. 16 which says, ‘For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life’.
How can an Immortal God so love Mortal Men?
How can an Incorruptible God so love Corrupt Men?
How can a Faithful God so love Unfaithful Men?
How can an Unlimited God so love Limited Men?
How can a Wonderful God so love Wicked Men?
How can a Heavenly Father so love Earthly Feeble?
How can an Eternal God so love Transient Men?
What manner of love is this? His love for us cannot be quantified. It is absolutely indescribable, beautifully unfathomable and a Christlike kind of love.
Not only has He forgiven us our numerous and countless iniquities, He also disposed them in the sea of forgetfulness. Isn’t it wonderful that He has grafted us into His family? We are His sons. We are His daughters. We are His children. What a wonderful feeling to be a child of God. What a wonderful feeling it is to be a child of the Creator of heaven and earth, the Most High God, the King of kings, the Lord of lords, the Ancient of days, the Lord of host, the Alpha and Omega, the Everlasting Father and the Almighty God.
A song writer says;We are heirs of the Father
We are joint-heirs with the son
We are people of His kingdom
We are family, we are one.
Whatsoever qualifications you have attained, titles you have acquired or heights you have reached; if you are not a child of God, you are incomplete. You have no hope of eternal life. Can I remind you that God loves you so much? No matter the gravity of your sin, no matter how hopeless you feel you are, God still loves you.
His arms are open wide waiting for your embrace. He is willing and ready to wipe your tears, sorrow and sins away. Confess your sins, forsake them and be at peace with your God today. May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.
by Ndubuisi Paul Okafor
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So thankful that God demonstrated his love to us!
Thanks Kathy for reading.
No greater love! Oh what a Savior we have in Jesus!
His love is indeed the greatest.
God’s love is so vast, it will always be very hard to explain because it’s not fathomable. But I sure love the journey of digging deeper into Him and letting His love cover me. What a beautiful God we serve … ❤
You have beautifully summarized this post.
God’s Indescribable Love is often difficult for us to comprehend, and even more difficult to teach and/or put into practice. Agape love is a concept that I started teaching to my son when he was just a child. Thank you for illuminating this concept of love for us!
Agape love cannot be compared to any other type of love.
Thanks Teresa for the thoughts.
Thank you for this comforting and encouraging post. I love “his arms are open wide waiting for your embrace”!
Thanks for sharing your thoughts Mary.
What a stark contrast between God and man, even though we’ve been made in his image. It is quite an amazing love that he has for us. I love the questions you pose. They make me stand in awe of God’s underserving grace.
We appreciate your comment Summer.
Thanks for stopping by to read.
God’s love is so amazing. We will never truly understand His love for us.
Thanks for the comment Elizabeth.
God’s love truly is indescribable and even more unexplainable. I often marvel at this: he doesn’t owe anyone. He could be whoever and however he wanted to be, but he is Love! Thank God (!) for that! Thank God he is a good God, and a loving Father to us.
Another beautiful summary of the post.
God’s love is incomprehensible. He loves us despite all the things we have been through! This revelation is a lot to handle and yet God loves us still!
God’s love is so amazing.
I cannot fathom answers to those questions. God’s love is overwhelming! Glorious!
Thanks for the comment Candice.
Such a beautiful message of love and unity under God’s care. What a timely message for our world!
Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts Rachel.
It is amazing what happens when we move from love that society teaches us to agape love!
Thanks for the comment Jessie.
Wow! What a beautiful post on God’s indescribable love for us! I enjoyed learning a bit of background on the age of John as he wrote these verses. It added to the whole understanding of them. We are so loved!❤️
God’s love for us cannot be fully comprehended.
We appreciate your comment Karen.
This is beautiful! Thank you for this reminder of the height and depth and width of God’s love for us <3 What an amazing thing that the God who created all would love us so much. Not only was John an old man, but he had been known to have quite a temper when he was younger. Jesus gave him and his brother nickname "Sons of Thunder" 🙂 But a lifetime of discipleship has him writing not about anger and revenge, but of love <3 So good!
Such a beautiful summary.
We appreciate you Kayla.
Such an important message!
Thanks for reading.
John was known as the disciple whom Jesus loved, and I love reading his grasp and understanding of God’s love – great post!
We appreciate your comment Sharon.
Thanks for reading.
Love those questions. Really helps us see how amazing God’s love is. Totally indescribable.
Yes, His love never fails.
Thanks for the comment Collene.
God’s love for us never cease or change, just as he is always the same and never partial, the only hope we have is the opportunity to be in Christ, no matter how great we may be in life, the book of Ecclesiastes says it all, all are vanity and vexation of spirit as they would all pass away someday. The only promised and everlasting fulfillment is giving one’s life to Christ.
Wow, such a beautiful summary on the post.
Thanks for the thoughts Adebimpe.